Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Isolator - concentrate on the important stuff

Isolator, a small application that helps you to concentrate. When you're working on a document, and don't want to be distracted, turn on Isolator. It will cover up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications.


Features
  • Hide the Dock when you activate Isolator (10.5/10.6 only)
  • Customize the background window (including semi-transparency and blur)
  • 'Hide' background windows, as well as covering them up (they're just covered up by default)
  • Customize the shortcut key (normally shift-command-i)
  • Disable the menubar icon
  • Left-clicking the menubar icon can activate Isolator
  • Automatically launch Isolator when you log in

If your desktop usually looks like this:

Isolator helps to concentrate on the important task, with just one shortcut:



30 comments:

Claude said...

Damn, this would be pretty useful for me, I suppose it's mac only though and I can't be bothered looking for a windows alternative :(

stonedperception said...

pretty cool, will get this for my macbook :D

CandleintheDark said...

This is a really awesome idea!

MarkeeTeeVee said...

Awesome post. Ima save the info I learned for future use. Thanks

James said...

Definitely gonna download this.

Apollo Clothing said...

AWESOME find! Definitely going to use this!

emosniper said...

Pretty awesome program.

Sam said...

Very helpful!

Fang said...

'Think' can also be used for this.

hyyypz said...

sounds really amazing !

mac-and-me said...

@Fang
kudos, Think is the better app, i gonna post about it soon

Zach said...

That sounds awesome, wish it had it on windows

Flodström said...

Why not use fullscreen? ;D

supertwiks said...

isolation is always a good thing. just as isolating muscles during the workout for maximum weight gain and power gain to push even more weights week for week man. dont do steroids!

By Herbie said...

Really neat idea, although I'd never have the commitment to stick to one window.

phthalo. said...

This is a stroke of genius. As someone who can get very easily distracted this could be a god-send.

Kropah said...

Sounds great

Gifz said...

Really nice it will help me being more productive ;)

G said...

handy little app

Watchtower Corp. said...

very cool tip bro,

Jay Reid said...

I like that idea.

Jay said...

thanks!

Randall A. said...

That's pretty cool, but I always full-screen my stuff, and rather enjoy being able to click to another screen.

logo mess said...

haha :) great tool, maybe this could really help getting something finished

hirou said...

It should also blog internet and all games, then it'll work =)

hirou said...

*block internet

Red13 said...

thanks!

João Rodrigues said...

Good stuff. Thanks

Insider33 said...

That's neat, but probably not great for multitasking.

Alexander said...

Unfortunately, it's broken under Lion. The toggle no longer appears in the task bar.